An organisation helping to accelerate the expansion of UK space technology around the world has opened its headquarters at Space Park Leicester.

Meridian Space Command – also known simply as Meridian – helps space sector organisations to secure funding for, and complete technology demonstration missions which enable them to expand into commercial markets.

It also supports the space industry with end-to-end mission management, operations, software, audits and education.

To further its growth, Meridian has moved to the University of Leicester’s pioneering £100 million science and innovation park to capitalise on Space Park Leicester’s state-of-the-art facilities.

The move will also enable the organisation to collaborate with the University of Leicester and to showcase its offering to businesses, ranging from industry giants to innovative start-ups, in and around the Space City Leicester cluster.

Meridian Director, Dr Sam Richards, said: “I am extremely proud to establish Meridian’s headquarters at Space Park Leicester, and look forward to cultivating our partnerships and expanding our capacity to offer collaborative opportunities for UK technologies.

“Space Park Leicester is a hub of expertise, innovation, education, and partnerships and we’re excited to participate in all these things and to contribute to them. We see Space Park Leicester as a key partner in Meridian’s vision to accelerate the global offerings of UK’s space tech.

“It also means a great deal to be part of the Space City Leicester community. It’s rare to find somewhere with commercial enterprises located alongside space companies. This unique environment will help us to develop partnerships with services that could otherwise be overlooked.

“Space City is a bold development and its continual expansion provides great opportunities for collaboration.”

Meridian’s move has been welcomed by Vinay Patel, Head of Commercial and Innovation, at Space Park Leicester.

He said: “Meridian is a fantastic organisation and we’re delighted that they have moved to Space Park Leicester to help further expand their client base.

“With their educational offering it also makes perfect sense for them to be here as they can benefit from fantastic links with the University of Leicester.

“We were particularly excited to hear Meridian is set to offer an educational short course in Newspace Mission Operations and Management which will train the next generation of space industry enablers.”

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